Moses’ First Try

Yesterday’s Speed Bump gets at the fallibility of religious leaders, even famous ones. It reminds me of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which depicts Jesus as a child, filled with incredible power, but also human and thus immature and prone to use his powers capriciously. Whatever one thinks of its contents, it reflects an awareness [Read More...]

Moses the Lifeguard

This cartoon came my way on Facebook today: While it is just a bit of silly humor, it can be the jumping off point for a reflection on something more serious and timely. A lot of religious believers make it a point of dogma to affirm that miracles happened as described in the Bible. But [Read More...]

Space for Comments

HT Hemant Mehta. Those familiar with the academic study of the Bible will know that people have been leaving comments on the commandments for as long as we can trace. We find them embedded in literature which does not present them without comment. And then we have the Mishnah, the Talmud, and the discussions and [Read More...]

More on the Ridiculousness of Left Behind

Fred Clark is continuing his series that takes apart the unintentionally comical character of the Left Behind books in slow motion. His latest post on Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist is a gem. It includes wonderful statements like this: Tim LaHaye wants his readers to recognize that he, Tim LaHaye, is uniquely correct about [Read More...]

Medium and Message

Via Episcopal Church Memes. What so you think? Was it Comic Sans? Or maybe Papyrus?   [Read more...]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more...]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More...]

Promised Land Expressway

Today's Non Sequitur is on a Biblical theme once again. It is rather silly, but then so too are those who make assumptions about the historicity of the Exodus story without knowing where the ancient Egyptian toll roads in the region were.   [Read more...]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. the Plain Meaning of the Creation Stories

Having recently addressed a number of points of incompatibility between young-earth creationism and Christianity as most Christians understand it and have understood it down the ages, I was asked if I could address the common young-earth creationist objection that  “No one simply reading what the words clearly say would EVER suppose God/Moses were describing a development [Read More...]

Ten Commandments – Complete With Carry Case

One could suggest that refusing the satchel is the reason why the commandments so often get broken…   [Read more...]

The Ten Recommendations

When I saw yesterday’s Non Sequitur cartoon, it reminded me of something that I run up against regularly in class: For today’s students, the Ten Commandments have always been ten “recommendations” or “suggestions.” No matter how strongly they were ingrained in them from an early age, they have not had the status of law – apart from [Read More...]


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